The national long-distance cycle network (LF routes) is a series of signposted routes intended for cycling holidays. Together the LF routes form a network that takes you all across Holland. You can pick up some of the national long-distance routes and more right in the centre of Utrecht.
Cycling along the LF4 at Rijnauwen. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com
National long-distance routes
There are several national long-distance routes that pass through Utrecht: the Middle of Holland Route (LF4), the River Bank Route (LF7) and the Sea Level Route (LF9).
You can cycle a LF route as a separate long-distance route, or - as the LF routes form a network across Holland - combine them into a route of your own. Combining the LF routes often gives you a more varied route and allows you to get back to your starting point. So get creative and don't just focus on one route!
Example of a round trip from Utrecht using the national long-distance cycle network
For an overview of all the national long-distance routes and how the network works, go to: National long-distance cycle network.
Other long-distance routes
There are also other long-distance cycle routes that are not part of the national long-distance cycle network, which are equally interesting. These are usually not signposted or marked on regular cycle maps, so you need to get the guide book with the route. The Limes Route, which follows the old Roman border from the North Sea at Katwijk to the Black Sea, passes through the centre of Utrecht.
Long-distance routes passing through Utrecht
LF4 Middle of Holland Route (Midden-Nederlandroute)
From the dunes by The Hague through the Rhine valley and National Park Veluwe Zoom all the way to the eastern town of Enschede - the LF4 takes you through a variety of typical Dutch landscapes.
LF7 River Bank Route (Oeverlandroute)
The LF7 takes you through Holland following a network of very diverse rivers and canals. Cycling along the waterways is a picturesque way to enjoy the landscape and learn more about Dutch history.
LF9 Sea Level Route (NAP-route)
Much of Holland lies below sea level, so what would happen if the dykes and dunes were no longer there? What would be sea, what would be land? The LF9 takes you along an imaginary Dutch coastline.
Limes Cycle Route (Limes Fietsroute)
From Katwijk where the River Rhine used to flow into the North Sea to the beginning of the Rhine delta at Millingen on the German border - the Limes Cycle Route takes you along the northern border line of the Roman Empire in Holland.